i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2086 by Phi

October 21, 2017

Saturday 14th October 2017

In which, yet again, Phi proved himself the master of the ingenious grid fill.

There were four long 15 letter lights, and then tucked into the corners was the 12 letter word SOP-HIS-TIC-ATE split into those four short words – very nice.

To accommodate all that jiggery-pokery, we had Rotorua – a name I think I’ve only encountered before through Rugby Union – and Leticia – a Spanish variant of Letitia. The Cat’s whiskers rectifier thing rang a distant bell in 5d, while both the Cel component of 19a and the St bit of 1d were new – or were they? Now I feel I’ve always known them…

Otherwise all pretty 4d (Straightforward) and solidly the Phi we’ve come to expect.

Quite a few ticks in my margin, but the COD has to be:

1/8/25/22d Appeal about setter’s reaction worried refined person (12)

Fifteensquared blog from 2013 here with talk about what is or maybe isn’t an &Lit clue, in case you wondered.

2 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2086 by Phi”

  1. AndyT said

    I really ought to make some sort of a note on the Saturday crossword so as to have something relevant to say. I do remember liking the four part COD and thinking that it was one of Phi’s particularly enjoyable puzzles. Rotorua is a name encountered in childhood and permanently fixed in the memory for no good reason at all. They have geysers, don’t they?

  2. jonofwales said

    On the easy side, and thoroughly enjoyable. Slightly bemused TBH by the split of 1/8 etc, but it did give inroads to the different corners of the grid so I shouldn’t complain. I do make notes on a Saturday, but find this week that I can’t actually read any of them, such is the state of my handwriting.

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